President Trump on Wednesday ripped former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon for his incendiary criticism of this president and his family published in a new book.
In a blistering statement issued by the White House, Trump said Bannon has “lost his mind” and claimed he had “no influence” within the West Wing.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
Trump sought to undercut the veracity of comments attributed to Bannon, once one of Trump’s closest aides, that appear in the forthcoming book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
“Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had the influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump said.
“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was,” the president added.
Earlier Wednesday, excerpts in the publication leaked that lent Bannon describing a 2016 assembly at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Bannon also stated he thought the Russians were taken to meet Trump after the meeting, something that the president has denied.
“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon reportedly predicted, referring to the president’s eldest son.
The book, which supposedly draws on more than 200 interviews, is full of volatile claims about Trump, his loved ones, and his team, and paints an image of an effort and administration wracked by chaos and infighting.
Bannon and his allies were caught off guard by the launch of the book excerpts and were bracing for more excerpts with explosive quotes to drop in the coming days. Bannon, who was ousted from the White House last August, is quoted frequently as a central figure in Trump World.
The former White House strategist hasn’t yet reacted to Trump’s statement and it didn’t seem that a statement was forthcoming. Sources in Bannon’s immediate orbit failed to respond to texts and phone calls.
The president’s statement came as part of a full-court press from the White House against the book.
“This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a subsequent statement.
“Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad, desperate attempts at relevancy.”
Stephanie Grisham, the communications manager for Melania Trump, denied vibrant asserts in Wolff’s book that the first woman cried tears of despair after Trump’s election success.
“The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section,” said Grisham. “Mrs. Trump supported her husband’s decision to run for president and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did.”
Wolff said he’d extensive access to the White House through the first times of Trump’s presidency.
The author said he was able to take up “something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing” shortly after the inauguration at the urging of the president, according to a note published by New York magazine, which ran an excerpt from the book.
Reporters spotted Wolff entering the West Wing in February and April 2017. But the total number of visits is hard to verify because the White House keeps its visitor logs secret.
The idea that Trump Jr. bumbled his way into the center of this Russia controversy whilst doing the bidding of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is widely held among Bannon and his allies, even where there is anger in Trump Jr. for creating a political mess for his father.
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